What is medical billing and coding?
When healthcare providers record the details about the services they provide for a patient, they use a universal coding system called medical coding. The insurance companies require that the services they pay for be translated into this medical coding system. Medical billing is the process of sending a bill for payment to an insurance company or other payer. Medical coding is the transformation of healthcare diagnosis procedures, medical services and equipment into universal medical alphanumeric codes.
Want to know how to become a medical biller and coder?
You’ll need industry training which includes teaching you how to use medical terms, how the insurance billing system works, and how to translate medical procedures, services and equipment into medical codes.
Where can I find training?
Is there a difference between medical billing and coding schools?
Absolutely. While the basic training may be similar between schools, UMA is pleased to offer an extensive list of student services, all included in our competitively priced tuition.4 UMA is a school that offers programs which include one-on-one tutoring, help with writing your resume, job interview coaching and job search assistance.
What types courses would I take?
As an MBC student at UMA, you’ll take courses on a wide range of topics. You’ll study medical terminology, medical codes, the healthcare claim cycle, the human body (anatomy) and more. To see a list of the typical courses you would take at UMA to become a medical biller and coder, see the courses section on this page or consult the UMA Catalog.
What’s it like to take medical billing and coding courses online?
Online courses with UMA are designed to be flexible, so you can train on your own schedule. Complete your classwork in the morning, at lunch, or in the middle of the night. It’s up to you. And UMA is here to help you every step of the way with online tutoring, live learning labs, a student-friendly online library, 24/7 tech support and more. Visit the UMA Online page to learn more.
Do you have to be certified to work in this industry?
No. You do not need certification to work as a medical biller and coder. However, getting your Certified Professional Coder (CPC) credential could help you stand out in the field as an applicant. UMA can help you prepare to take the CPC exam after you graduate. To learn more, see the above section entitled, “Helping you prepare for the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam.”
What is a typical medical billing and coding salary?
You can find salary ranges by visiting the Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Salaries depend on the answers to several questions including where you live and work, your experience, whether you are certified or not, and other related factors. If you’d like to learn more about medical billing and coding salary for an entry-level position, call us or fill out the form and click “request info.”
What’s the best school for your needs?
Of course you’re looking for the best school—for you. So we recommend taking a look at your individual needs. If you’d like to talk, UMA is here to listen and walk you through deciding which program is right for you. The more we understand about your unique situation, the more we can try to help. Call us at 888-213-4473. Let’s talk about you.